News and Announcements

  • 12 Mar 2019 9:40 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    An amendment to the CFUW Articles and Bylaws has been proposed and has been accepted by the Articles and Bylaws Committee. This amendment would rename the 'Members-at-Large Club' to the E-Club'. Click here to review this proposed amendment.

  • 23 Dec 2018 5:03 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    On November 29, 2018, CFUW-Ottawa had the honour of receiving the Carleton University Leadership in Philanthropy Award, which is presented annually to an individual or organization who has had a significant impact on the University. The University noted that it is proud of the partnership that the Canadian Federation of University Women-Ottawa has with Carleton University and that our leadership and generosity will continue to support generations of Carleton students and is an inspiration to many. 

    Each year we award $15,500 in scholarships to students attending Carleton and over the years we have given over $330,000 in scholarships to Carleton students.



  • 29 Nov 2018 11:13 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    As part of the CFUW centenary year celebrations, CFUW National has notified us that each Club will be allowed to give one “Sage Award” to the member in the Club who has the longest number of years as a member in CFUW. This has to be someone who is a current member of our Ottawa Club, but we are allowed to calculate collective years, in other words years spent in other CFUW Clubs also count for the calculation. The recipient of this award will be given a pin and a certificate (provided by CFUW National) at our Ottawa AGM in May. If you think you might be the Sage or can suggest a candidate, please let our Membership Administrator Carol Hinde know at 

  • 11 Nov 2018 9:25 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

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    Message from the President

    November 9, 2018

    Club Presidents are asked to please circulate this message to all Club members
    * Une version française sera publiée la semaine prochaine


    I bring you greetings close to the commemoration of Armistice Day, a period when the world looked forward eagerly to an end to war, and women thought of organizations that could help forge a lasting peace. CFUW and GWI were both formed in the aftermath of World War I and continue to work for peace and enlightenment. When in Winnipeg recently, Sandy Millen and I dropped in at the café of Mennonite University after our outing with the UWC Winnipeg members and I picked up a pin with the caption "to remember is to work for peace”. Our members continue to work for peace.

    CFUW’s 100th Anniversary AGM  2019 Winnipeg August 14-17

    The official opening of the AGM will start at 5:00pm on Thursday August 15 followed by a day called Celebrating CFUW’s History and Future and culminating in the gala banquet on Friday night. The Business meeting agenda has been drafted and will start mid-afternoon on Friday and continue on Saturday, August 17 to complete all agenda items. with the adjournment scheduled for 4:00pm. I am pleased to announce that our Parliamentarian, Elizabeth Haynes has been appointed and is working with us.
    Tours have been planned by the Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) from Tuesday, August 13  to Sunday August 18. Details are being finalized at Winnipeg and will be posted on the website.  If you haven’t decided about attending yet, check out the Museum of Human Rights and that may convince you to come to Winnipeg!
    Additionally, the Board, Regional Directors and Standing Committee Chairs who are not on the Board will meet on Wednesday evening August 14 and all morning and early afternoon of Thursday August 15.
    A Special event is being planned for the Notable Women on Thursday prior to the official opening. A lunch meeting for Club Presidents, will be held on Friday and the Charitable Trust breakfast will be on Saturday. Watch for information on the Boutique! Check here for AGM 2019 information.

    Inviting Clubs to host AGM 2020

    CFUW is looking for a Club to host the 2020 AGM and Conference!
     At the Board meeting on November 6,it was decided that CFUW will hold a face-to-face meeting on years which start a new biennium which is when Board and RD elections are held. To set up this sequence we will have a face-to face AGM and Conference in 2020 and every second year from then. Electronic AGMs will be held in the alternate years. (Face-to-face in 2020, 2022, 2024 etc. and electronic in 2021, 2023, 2025 etc.). This year we have a face-to-face 100th Anniversary AGM.
     Additional details may be obtained from Robin Jackson:


    CFUW 100th Anniversary Sage Awards: A local Club Award

    On the recommendation of the 100th Anniversary Committee the Board passed a motion setting up a SAGE award to be given by each Club to the current member of that Club who has the longest period of CFUW membership.   These women will be honoured with a silver pin and certificate from National Office to be presented locally by the individual participating Clubs.
    To calculate a member’s length of service with CFUW, the length of time she has been a member of her current home Club and any other Clubs in which she has been a member are added. Periods of dual membership are counted once only. The recipient must be a current member. The membership time does not have to be continuous, i.e. there may be years when she was not a member so those years are not included in the calculation of total years. Information on the awards will be part of the toolkit which is being prepared for the 100th Anniversary for distribution to Clubs.



    A message from the Finance Committee begins “One of the most difficult concepts to understand in accounting is any item in the “equity” or “net asset” section of an organization’s balance sheet, also known as the Statement of Financial Position.  Although the “net assets” reported on April 30, 2018 audited statements (copied below) are $520,378, CFUW’s financial position is precarious and another $70,000 is needed to stabilize the financial outlook”
    Thank you to the Finance Committee for preparing a paper explaining net assets and reserves in plain language. Please click here to access the paper.
    If after reading the paper you have questions relating to this please direct them to Robin Jackson.
    The financial report “Actuals to Budget” was received by the Board and is being posted to the website. It shows that income and expenses are as expected for this time in the fiscal year.


    CFUW delegates to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW63)

     CFUW has announced the names of the 20 members who applied and have been selected to attend as CFUW delegates in March 2019 at New York.  I appreciate that in addition to the VP International and the President who receive some funding in carrying out their duties at the UNCSW, 18 members are self-funded for this event.  The theme is Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The review theme is Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development. As ambassadors for CFUW, the delegation will network with other Canadians and women from all over the world, particularly our international partners; will explore multinational policy development, innovations, and best practices related to services for women.
    CFUW has prepared a written statement called “Promoting Gender Equality through Quality Public Education Systems and Services”. The statement focuses on tackling the systemic barriers in accessing education for women and girls and ensuring safe and non-discriminatory learning environments. Click here to read the full statement.


    Negotiating Team

    The CFUW Negotiating team is progressing with its mandate, has done some research, and very soon will be presenting a negotiating package to the CFUW Board. Both sides, GWI and CFUW, have exchanged their Terms of Reference and the names of the members of each team and look forward to working amicably towards a solution to our differences.

    GWI Triennial 

    At the July 2019 GWI Triennial, themed Peace Through Education, two women from each NFA will be acknowledged as having made noteworthy contributions towards the mission and vision of IFUW/GWI. The International Relations Committee recommended and the Board approved two members Linda Souter and Phyllis Scott. You may read about those outstanding women in the Past Presidents’ Biographies.

    Visits to Clubs this Fall

    My visits to Clubs continues with so far this fall having met with Atlantic Clubs in Wolfville, followed by visits with Janet Wilwerth to Pictou, Charlottetown, Moncton, Halifax and Dartmouth. In Ontario, I met with representatives of the 13 Ontario North Clubs and their Regional Director at a Talk it out workshop in Toronto. In Winnipeg I met with four groups of UWC Winnipeg in addition to meetings with LAC Chair Sandy Millen, and a tour of Winnipeg and the Fort Gary with Patricia and Howard Elliot as we checked out some of the sites where the LAC will be arranging tours. Belleville was a delightful visit , and next weekend I will be in Quebec attending the Quebec council   followed by a train ride to Ottawa for the Child Care Lobby and visits to events at  the Clubs of Ottawa, Nepean and Kanata.  Thankfully my travelling office (laptop and cell phone) accompany me!
    Best wishes  to all,


    National President

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  • 21 Oct 2018 12:24 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    REMINDER – Deadline to apply to be a part of Canada’s official delegation to the 63rd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is October 26, 2018. Send in your a

    Good morning,

    The 63rd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) will take place in New York City from March 11 to March 22, 2019. As preparations get underway both in Canada and abroad for the meeting, we would appreciate your assistance in the nomination of candidates from women’s and other civil society organizations (CSOs) to serve as members of the official Canadian delegation.

    Status of Women Canada has a long-standing commitment to increasing the participation of women’s and other civil society organizations in the international policy process, as well as assisting groups in building on their knowledge and understanding of the structures and operational processes of the United Nations and other multilateral organizations. Since the Fourth World Conference of Women in 1995, civil society organization representatives have been invited to serve on Canadian delegations to international meetings, including the UNCSW and numerous other ministerial meetings on women.

    The priority theme of the UNCSW in 2019 is social protection systems, access to public services, and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The Commission will also evaluate progress in the implementation of the agreed conclusions from its 60th session on the theme of women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development.

    For more information on the nomination process, including the nomination form and criteria for selection, please visit our website . We will be accepting nominations up until October 26, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

    Please feel free to contact officials at Status of Women Canada (, should you have any questions or concerns.

    Thank you for your support.

    The UNCSW Team, Status of Women Canada

  • 24 Sep 2018 11:28 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)
    Club Action Newsletter

    Message from the President

    September 24, 2018


    President’s Message

    Report on Board Decisions


    I wish to thank all the members and clubs who have contacted the Board, or me personally, with your thoughts and concerns on many CFUW issues. The Board is considering these and other related issues carefully.
    We are acutely aware of our role and duty in the sustainability of a strong and vibrant CFUW as well as the obligations we have to adhere to the hierarchy of applicable governing documents: the Canada Not-for Profit Corporations Act; CFUW Articles and Bylaws; Rules of Order—both Special Rules of Order (CFUW Administrative Policy and Procedure as recorded in administrative books 1 and 2) and those in our parliamentary authority Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR).
    The Board has been conducting most meetings by conference call, normally meeting in person during an AGM only. Since this year’s AGM was electronic, the face-to-face meeting to give was held September 14-15. This gave Board members who will be working closely with each other over the next two years an opportunity to meet, to deal with CFUW business, and continue Board in-servicing. This message reports on decisions made at that meeting, at a follow up Special Meeting held by conference call September 21, as well as a related revenue generating decision of September 1.
    In summary, these Board decisions are: to have a major membership drive; to form a CFUW/ GWI Negotiating Committee; to make an advance payment of 45000 Swiss Francs as partial payment of the 2019 collected GWI dues; and to form a Revenue Generating Committee,
    Additional information on each item is provided below.

    Item 1. Membership Campaign


    The Board passed a motion from the VP Membership, Lynne Kent, on behalf of the Membership Committee “that CFUW undertake a 100th Anniversary Membership Recruitment Campaign”
    This celebratory membership campaign will be the main focus of the Membership Committee this year as they strategize to increase membership by at least 500 by the end of 2019. This campaign aims to expand awareness of CFUW and publicize the value of membership in CFUW while adding a more diverse base to our current membership. The theme for the drive has a strong emphasis on CFUW’s 100thAnniversary. The Membership Committee is well into planning for this venture and will be contacting Clubs shortly. Everyone is encouraged to participate in bringing in more members! Click here to read more.


    Item 2. CFUW /GWI Negotiation Committee


    The Board realizes that among the membership there are varying opinions about the CFUW/GWI relationship. CFUW is, however, a member of GWI with membership obligations. We appreciate your patience as we plan for a comprehensive strategy to strengthen CFUW and as we embark on negotiations with GWI to bring resolution to the issues that exist between CFUW and GWI. 
    The Terms of Reference for CFUW’s committee have been approved by the CFUW Board. Both CFUW and GWI desire to resolve the situation. CFUW’s VP International, Joy Hurst, will officially notify GWI of the of the formation of the Negotiating Committee’s formation after you have been sent this update. It is hoped that matters will proceed favourably between the two parties. Click here to read the Terms of Reference for the Negotiating Committee.

    Item 3. Payments to GWI

    The following amended motion passed at the Special Board Meeting of September 21:

    Motion “To pay the amount of CHF 45000, with the understanding that this is a partial payment of collected 2019 dues at the rate of 15.5 Swiss francs per member and that this will be communicated as such to GWI.”  

    The CHF 45000 will be paid from dues collected already from CFUW members for payment of the 2019 dues. This motion was made in good faith and will provide GWI some funding from a long-standing member NFA. We have made payments in advance at various times in the past.  It is, however not a payment for the amount of CHF 39677 (Swiss Francs) on the GWI invoice for unpaid dues of 2018, an amount not approved for payment by the membership.


    Item 4. Revenue Generating Committee


    On September 1, an electronic vote was held to consider forming a Revenue Generating Committee. The motion from the Finance Committee passed and was ratified at the September 15 Board meeting. This initiative is designed to increase CFUW’s finances over and above the funds received through members’ dues. A successful Membership Drive noted in Item 1 above would increase revenue through dues from additional members.  Click here to for information on the Revenue Generating Committee as presented in the motion.

    Any additional details about the matters of this President’s Message will be reported at the Board meeting of October 4 and reported to you shortly afterwards. If you have questions please direct them to me at, or to Robin Jackson at

    Grace Hollett
    CFUW National President - FCFDU Présidente nationale
    The Power of Women Working Together
    La puissance au féminin: ensemble pour réussir 

  • 16 Jul 2018 2:50 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    On June 18, 2018 CFUW announced its award winners for the 2017-2018 season.  CFUW-Ottawa is among the Special Project Award Winners:

    CFUW Ottawa, CFUW Nepean and CFUW Kanata 
    Title of Project: International Women’s Day 2018 Dessert and Drama

    The CFUW Clubs of Ottawa, Nepean and Kanata presented a highly successful afternoon of drama and Victorian tea on March 10. Enthusiastic actors gave us a fresh look at how Canada was formed from the point of view of the women in the lives of the Fathers of Confederation in Joan Conrod’s play Women Vote Indirect.  The actors were either members of the clubs or their relatives. The tea was delicious and the drama great fun.
    The profits from the event have been divided equally among the three clubs which in turn are giving them to women’s charities of their choice.
    The event was a networking opportunity, but it also involved lifelong learning, the advancement of women and fundraising. We were also able to highlight some women in Canadian history.

    For a complete list of award winners click here (downloaded file should appear on bottom of your screen for opening).

  • 02 Jul 2018 4:14 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)
    Club Action Newsletter

    June 28, 2018 

    President's Message

    The Election and the New Board
    Thank you for re-electing me to be CFUW President for the 2018-2020 Biennium. When nominated by CFUW St. John’s I realized that if another candidate were nominated I must be prepared for any outcome and so I thought for a moment of the many interesting projects that I would get back to should I not be continuing as President. Those ideas disappeared quickly when I heard the results of the election for President being announced at the AGM! I have started back to work as your full-time CFUW President and I appreciate the many emails from across Canada welcoming me back; they have been a joy and inspiration to read!

    Congratulations to the other members of the Board who are now in position for the 2018-2020 Biennium. Some are returning to their former positions while other new members ran in uncontested elections and one won in a contested position. Their names and positions were all listed in the AGM report from National Office. The two vacant positions will be filled and will be announced following the first Board meeting. Madeline Kalbach, your former VP Membership, was gracious in her acceptance of the results and quickly passing on to me information of value to the new committee as she continues her other CFUW involvement and her many fascinating professional interests. Board, RDs and Committee chairs normally pass on to their successors any information of value in the turn-over process. To Cheryl Hayles and Saode Savary who also ran in contested positions and are not on the 2018-2020 Board I wish you well.

    Your new CFUW Board will meet in July by conference call and will be followed by a face-to-face meeting in September as planned and budgeted. The July agenda, in addition to dealing with the two vacant Board positions, will involve Board training on CFUW financials, governing internal and external documents, and parliamentary procedure; approval of committee members, and the usual business of the initial Board meeting in a new Biennium. The matter of the dues still owing to GWI will be addressed. I have contacted Geeta Desai, GWI President and requested a further extension to August 10th of the deadline for the dues payment. The reason for this is there is no VP Finance in place and June 30th did not give a reasonable time for the new Board to meet. Ms. Desai agreed readily to my request.
    2018 AGM
    Many thanks to our members who learnt a new way to conduct an AGM and participated in the 2018 Virtual AGM held last Saturday, June 23rd. It was fascinating to be part of this process that started over a year ago when it was proposed to hold a virtual AGM as a cost-saving measure at both the national and club levels. National office staff are commended on their work with the two companies that enabled the meeting process and the voting. Staff also designed and providing training sessions for members. On your behalf I thank Executive Director, Robin Jackson; Member Engagement Coordinator, Jenna Smith; Advocacy Coordinator Genevieve de Breyne-Gaynon; Fellowships Program Manager, Betty Dunlop, and Ryszard Kowaiski, Bookkeeper and software developer who ensured that the meeting ran well and the voting was conducted according to CFUW standards.

    As President for the 2016-2018 Biennium it was my responsibility to chair the AGM and this was shared with Katherine Wilkinson, Acting President.  Advising us was Elizabeth Haynes, Parliamentarian. At various points on the agenda, we were joined in person by Helen Sami, VP Finance to present the Financial items, Wilma Clapham to present the Nominations Report, and Myra Willis to present the proposed changes for Articles and Bylaws. Teresa Habs joined online to present the Resolutions and to see them all accepted. The financial motions were accepted (with one budget amendment) except for the Winnipeg Motion and the Dues Motion, both requiring a 2/3 vote but receiving 61% and 65.8% respectively. Consequently, there was no agreed change to the status of CFUW membership in GWI but neither was the membership in agreement to increasing CFUW dues to cover the GWI dues increase or increased CFUW inflationary costs. Information on the Articles and Bylaws motions and details of the Advocacy Resolutions were presented in the Club Action Newsletter of June 28th. The debate, motions, proposed amendments, comments and questions coming in over the telephone and chat lines worked well once we got started and some initial items taken care of. Emails from individual members and the AGM evaluation survey will give us more information to improve this process.
    Thanks Related to the 2016-2018 Biennium
    Those thanks would normally have been done at the AGM had we not run out of time despite the extensions of 45 and 10 minutes. I have already thanked the staff at National Office in the AGM 2018 section above and I wish to acknowledge their enormous contribution to CFUW throughout the whole Biennium.

    I would like to acknowledge, the members of our CFUW Clubs who meet together in friendship to carry out the aims of the organization. The more than 8000 energetic, dedicated members who join CFUW for various reasons, become more enthused and involved and stay to enjoy the fellowship while working to promote education, human rights for all, and particularly the advancement of equality for women and girls through advocacy, (including the provision of scholarships), example, and community outreach. I am sorry to have seen the closure of Clubs this year but recognize that some clubs were not viable, and hope that those members become part of the Members at Large group or, where possible, join another Club. It was exciting to see a new Club formed in Quebec and plans to revive the Club in Regina gain momentum.

    It is my great pleasure to thank the Board members of the 2016-2018 Biennium:  For this past year; Ruth Mellor, Bilkies McKen, Sandy Thompson, Dominique Racanelli, Janet Willwerth, Helen Sami, Cheryl Ambrose, Madeline Kalbach, Cheryl Hayles, Kathryn Wilkinson, and the three invited guests at Board meetings: Parliamentarian Elizabeth Haynes whom you heard in action at the AGM; Myra Willis Chair of Articles and Bylaws; and Barbara Clancy, Chair of the Regional Directors’ Group. I also wish to thank Past President Karen Dunnett, Brenda Robertson and Sharon Crabb who served on the Board for part of the 2016-2017 year.

    My thanks as well to the many regional leaders particularly the Regional Directors whose local, regional and national duties help Clubs move the CFUW programs forward. I thank Barbara Clancy chair, and the RDs of this past year; Barbara DuMoulin, Beryl Matthewson, Maureen Fotos, Dale Wilkie, Margaret Hendry, Patricia Elliot, Christine Tworo, Isobel Boyle, Heather Foss, Patricia Joyce, Mary Partington, Judy Gay, Jane Cowell-Poitras, Debbie Christiansen-Stowe, Jean Fisher who took over when Sharon Crabb moved another position, Eleanor Palmer who took over when Janet Willwerth moved to another position, and Heather Huestis.  Not all positions have been filled yet and an announcement of this important group and their new chair will be made shortly.

    I express my gratitude and thanks to all leaders and members of our Standing Committees, Special Committees and their Sub-Committees as well as our Study Groups and Special Appointments. The Committees of 2016-2018, each operating under its Terms of Reference, were most productive and I thank them for their intense effort on behalf of CFUW. Committees for 2018-2020 are being constituted and the expressions of interest returned by members are being forwarded to committee chairs.

    In closing, I must express also a heartfelt thank-you to the many Clubs and members who contacted me after the death of my husband on May 16th; it was most appreciated. Let us go forward with renewed interest and energy to build CFUW, retain our current members, and inspire others to join; to solve existing problems and continue to fulfill the mission of CFUW as we enter our 100th year of involvement in advocating for education, human rights, and equality for women and girls.


    National President

  • 26 Apr 2018 10:51 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    All members are welcome and encouraged to attend the CFUW-Ottawa AGM on Tuesday May 8. Come spend a pleasant evening with your CFUW-Ottawa friends and meet members you may not have crossed paths with before. You need to register by May 1, check the event listing for details.

    But if you can't join us, we strongly encourage you to still make your vote count by asking a fellow member who will be attending to vote for you by proxy.  Please print and complete the attached form and give it to that member, along with your voting choices.  That member then signs the form and must bring it to the AGM.  

    Click here to help make your voice heard.


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